Moderators: Let’s curate the Best of

TL;DR – If you are a moderator, and see a video that is of excellent quality, has slides edited in, and contains interesting subject matter, add the “Featured” tag before publication so we can highlight this content.

As Jen Mylo announced recently, there have been some changes made to the way we as mods will be publishing content, and one big part of that change is that we will be taking a more active role in promoting the best content we see every week in the videos we moderate.

To that end, I want to create a weekly “Best of” blog post that will be published on (which is fed into the Planet WordPress feed and WordPress dashboards everywhere) that will allow us to feature beautifully produced and engaging content from the week’s published videos.

While the responsibility of publishing these posts will be mine starting out, I’d like all mods to help out in making sure that we are surfacing and sharing only the very best videos we see every week.

Featuring only the best of the best!

Because capturing video of WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. sessions is usually a volunteer-run effort, quality can often run the gamut from great to passable. On currently we try to use as much latitude as possible in determining what is “publishable” because there is some utility in having as many sessions as possible available as a reference for past attendees or anyone interested in a specific presentation.

However, for our forthcoming “Best of” posts, I want to put the focus on only the best videos we see every day, both in terms of technical quality and the quality of the presentation itself.

Moderators – How you can help

On we already use the “Featured” tag to promote content on the homepage, though it is underutilized at the moment. Starting today I want to change that, so we feature any video that meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • Excellent audio/video.  No edge cases; they have to be well lit, easy to watch, and have clear and noise free audio
  • Camera focused on the speaker, with slides edited in – Videos that show both the presenter and projection screen at the same time will not be featured.
  • The subject of presentation is engaging, interesting, informative and/or current.

Example Video – What we want to “Feature”

The following video from a recent camp demonstrates all the qualities listed above.

If you see a video like this, please add the Featured tag prior to publication! This will help keep content on the homepage fresh, as well as give me a good pool of videos to pull from for my weekly post.

Let’s chat about promoting video this Wednesday

As posted earlier in the week, we will be having a moderator meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. in IRC this Wednesday to discuss this in detail. Hope to see you there!

Join us on IRC at #wordpress-freenode on Wednesday September 3rd at 15:00 UTC (8am PDT, 11am EDT, 17:00 CEST)

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